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THE FESTIVE ESSENTIALS

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The John Lewis 2017 Christmas advert has launched making it official, the festive season is well and truly upon us. While it’s still not appropriate to play Christmas music yet – we don’t care how much you love Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” – it is definitely not too soon to sort out your Christmas wardrobe. After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year…

Whether it’s the office Christmas party, Boxing Day dinner with the in-laws, or you’re just after a little sparkle to lift a dreary winter Monday, we’ve got you covered with a look for every occasion! Think of it as our gift to you this Christmas, your festive essentials all in one place.

The Dress

Sure, it’s the season for giving, but it’s also the season for parties! Whether it’s festive drinks, a lavish Christmas dinner or an event to ring in the New Year, you’re bound to be needing a party dress or two (or three!). Arguably the most important aspect of any party outfit, the dress is the centre piece of your whole look and therefore needs to make a statement the second you walk through the doors. We’ve got you covered for every festive occasion in this little Skeena S number – nothing says statement quite like a pink satin off the shoulder mini dress!


The Jumpsuit

Not a dress kind of girl and you’re lusting after something a little different this season? This Side Party silver velvet jumpsuit is for you. The luxe fabric gives a Christmas feel, while the rich colour ensures you’ll be sparkling all night long!


The Shoes

Without a doubt, Christmas is the season for fancy footwear! When the majority of your body is wrapped in layers, smothered in scarves, and drowning under the weight of your wool coat, your only hope of earning fashion points relies on some serious statement shoes. And that’s exactly what these Truffle Collection velvet beauties achieve! On point with the texture and packing an extra punch in the jewelled toe, these heels will take you from party to party and complete any outfit. However, if the mere thought of a pair of heels makes your toes curl up in pain, these Miista sequin brogues are equally festive and come without the risk of a twisted ankle. You’re sure to be the last one on the dancefloor, shaking and shimmying all the way into the New Year.


The Day-To-Night Suit

Day-to-night transitional dressing is a skill all fashionistas must master, but the festive period can often prove tricky to even the most experienced stylists. While sequins are totally fine – no, encouraged! – for a night out with the girls, you might end up looking like a lonely disco ball if you rock up to your morning meetings in the same look. Equally, if you show up to after-work drinks in the jumper you’ve been sweating in all day and your scuffed-up trainers but your friends are all dressed to the nines, your outfit could end up ruining your night, making you feel frumpy in comparison. It’s all about finding the perfect balance between work appropriate and evening glamour, which this Style Mafia embroidered blazer and trouser co-ord does seamlessly. Fix up and look sharp in this trendy two-piece for work, the cut and dark hue making it day appropriate. Then, come 6pm, let your hair down (literally!), as the geometric print and slight sheen to the fabric mean it’s just as suitable for evening wear. Add a bold lip and you’re ready to own the night.


The Statement Earrings

A statement earring is a crucial component to any festive outfit; day or night, going out or staying in, this SS17 trend is here to stay for AW17 and into the New Year and we are more than happy about it. It’s a fact that wearing a statement earring instantly adds glamour, elegance, and style to any outfit. You could be wearing a bin bag for all we care, as long as your ear lobes are adorned with something truly glam. The festive update is simple too, look for plenty of sparkle, jewel tones, and as with most things in life – cake, diamonds, Beyonce’s latest album – bigger is better! We’d recommend these Sweet Deluxe jewelled flower drop drown earrings, they’re guaranteed to go with everything due to the simple design and colour, but are chic enough to work day or night. Or, if you’re wanting something a little more opulent, these Sweet Deluxe drop down tassle earrings up the style stakes with bronze and gold coloured beads.


The Festive Coat

Without a doubt, the most essential item for winter is a coat, and if you’re going to be spending a good five months in one item of clothing it better be something fabulous! Enter Cubic’s cropped shearling jacket. This little Western number will score you major style points! Pink was the colour for SS17 and this pale pink shade updates the trend for AW17 with the metallic touches making it festive, too. Throw it on with a pair of jeans or pair it with a metallic pleated midi skirt, this jacket will make sure you’re the star of the show no matter the occasion!


The Bag

The final touch in completing any outfit is accessories, and we’re talking arm candy. Shopper, cross body, tote – there are so many options it can be overwhelming to decide! But never fear, we’ve got you sorted thanks to this Melie Bianco Yes / No clutch. Small enough to fit only the necessities and not weigh you down, but big enough to draw attention, this monochrome clutch effortlessly adds a little edginess. Let your bag do the talking, so you can keep dancing! If you’d rather have both hands free, this Street Level velvet colour block bag is the perfect alternative. It screams festive with its gorgeous texture and metallic colours, and is just the right size to work for day or night, all winter long!

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